Monday, September 2, 2013

¡Bienvenido a eBird Centroamérica!

The Cornell University team that brought us eBird, the revolutionary "citizen science" database for reporting bird sightings and visualizing bird status and distribution, has announced the launch of eBird Centroamérica, a portal specifically designed for birders in Central America to report and track their sightings.  The site can be used in Spanish or English, and interfaces seamlessly with the central eBird database. 

More info on eBird Centroamérica follows from the eBird website:

"eBirders in all of Central America – Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Belize, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama – now have their own eBird portal. Here, we will highlight regional trends as they happen, give tips on when and how to look for migrants, showcase regional rarities as well as common bird species, and provide news on eBird developments, including the annual changes in bird names.

"eBird allows us to bundle all our bird observations together, and make them available to other birders, scientists and conservationists. With global climate change and deforestation (and occasional reforestation) affecting the Central American landscape, bird distributions are also constantly changing. Bird distributions were never completely known, especially in our region, and eBird is the perfect tool to help fill that knowledge gap. eBird will also help you as a birder to plan your next birding trip. Detailed maps show you where to look for birds; bar charts tell which birds to expect during the year in any given region – for your country, your department, or even one great birding spot!

"All data entered from this portal go straight into the worldwide eBird database, housed within the Avian Knowledge Network at Cornell Lab of Ornithology, in Ithaca, New York.  The data is screened by automatic filters that help make sure that rare reports or errors get reviewed by experts on Central American birds. The team of expert reviewers for eBird Central America are all based in Central America, and look forward to working with the Central American birding community to improve field ornithology resources, via eBird, in our region."

NicaBirds strongly supports the eBird initiative and encourages all birders who visit or reside in Nicaragua to enter their bird sightings into this database.